Not only do these individuals suffer a reduced quality of life, but they also are at risk for nutritional problems and multiple systemic (health) disorders. The ravages of untreated periodontal (gum) disease and dental caries (tooth decay) are direct causes of tooth loss. But what other factors drive complete tooth loss? Lack of access to education, preventive care, exposure to fluoride, dental treatment and adequate financial resources all play a role.
Removable full denture prosthetics (false teeth) can be challenging for both doctor and patient. A great deal of art and experience goes into their molding and fabrication, and wearing them comfortably takes practice. Yet, when well made, they can be elegant solutions for replacing missing teeth and the surrounding bone and gum tissue. They are often a very viable option for restoring function and appearances after complete tooth loss.
Measurements and impressions of your mouth are taken. This is then sent to a dental technician in a laboratory for construction. Laboratory work is involved at every step of the denture process.
A second impression may be required on the second visit as well. You and the dentist can decide the color of your denture teeth. The dentist will check how you bite using a wax build-up in the areas of your missing teeth. At another visit, the denture teeth set on the wax build-up will be tried again. If satisfactory, the denture will be manufactured and fitted in the final visit.
Sometimes, certain steps have to be repeated in order to achieve a good outcome for you so that you can bite well and have a great smile. In certain cases, some steps can be skipped.
Will new dentures be comfortable?
New or modified dentures may feel strange at first and can affect your speech and eating. Start with eating soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to stop the denture from moving. Reading out loud and repeating words will help. The more you wear them, the better they will feel as the mouth needs time to adapt to the new shape. Keep on trying!
A lower denture usually takes more time to adjust to than an upper denture due to your tongue and cheeks. You can contact your dentist if you have any other questions or trouble with your new dentures.